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Pampanga: Regional Filipino Cuisine

  • Commonwealth Market & Restaurant 11 Broad Canal Way Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Ellie draws from her regional culinary heritage for the menu at Commonwealth Cambridge, presenting a coursed narrative about class, war and colonization in Pampanga.

Menu Highlights:

Pork-filled rice cake, spicy offal gravy

Fish belly, shrimp, guava, taro, okra, water spinach

Savory sticky rice, crispy skin chicken, chorizo Bilbao, capsicum puree, micro herb salad

Pancit Talangka
Lobster, crab roe, housemade noodles, porcini, shiitake, carrots, snowpeas

Water buffalo milk pudding, coconut cream curd, key lime crisp

Surprises throughout.

Accompanied by:

A zine that walks you through the menu and how it relates to the narrative presented

Baon: a box with sweet, savory and storied things to take home and enjoy later

Tiki-style cocktail to begin the evening

///About the experience:

The region my family comes from, Pampanga, is highly regarded as the culinary capital of the Philippines; and the reasons are many. At the heart of it, I believe our indigenous and indigenized dishes all share in their tendency towards richness and cycles of plenty and famine have taught us how to improvise well. Rather than shooed out of the kitchen, young people learn their family recipes as prep cooks and family time happens in the largest room of the house -- the kitchen.

///About Tanám:

Tanám is the first restaurant concept by Olio, a worker cooperative, democratically run and operated primarily by women of color. Tanám features narrative cuisine, using food and art to tell stories that don't often get told, shared by the people who live those stories. Tanám also serves Filipino bar food and cocktails. 

In addition to workplace democracy, Tanám prioritizes goals of sustainability and labor justice. Because we source locally whenever possible and seek the highest quality ingredients, changes to the menu may occur to reflect the uncertainty of fishing and the growing season.

Tanám looks to open this year in Union Square, Somerville's highly anticipated Bow Market.